'Boris Johnson is an unintentional ally in the Scottish independence cause'


On the ropes over a schools exam scandal involving marking down grades more heavily for poor kids, Nicola Sturgeon will welcome Boris Johnson with open arms during his Scottish staycation.

The posh English Tory despised by an overwhelming majority there is a gift for the country’s currently ­beleaguered First Minister and her separatist Scottish National Party.

Johnson, leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, is an unintentional ally in the Nats’ breakaway cause. Emotion, as with Brexit four years ago, may count far more than hard economic facts when the SNP seeks to reverse a stinging 2014 referendum defeat.

And Johnson serves them as the incompetent, aloof Tory in London shackling a nation that, according to the independence myth, would flourish as a freed, fresh statelet in the European Union.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

The reality is Scotland or Wales, or any other corner of the UK, from England’s North East to Devon and Cornwall, would be impoverished without funds redistributed from the UK capital and prosperous South East.

Nicola, Queen of Scots, clearly plays the independence game brilliantly and exudes authority absent in Johnson.

But teens protesting the exams fiasco (which may be repeated in England and Wales this Thursday with A-level results) and Europe’s third-highest Covid-19 excess deaths hint she’s more show than substance.

And she’s unleashing poison in a nationalism which detests another country – England – instead of solely expressing pride in Scotland.

From indy barmy-army idiots holding an “England get out of Scotland” banner in Glasgow’s Central Station before a train arrived from London Euston to the rude Nat I encountered in Grantown-on-Spey’s Co-op in the Highlands at the weekend, an unpleasant anti-English sentiment’s scaring a traditionally warm, welcoming nation.

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The Disunited Kingdom smashed into bits would rival, even arguably top, Covid-19 in the rapidly lengthening book of Boris Johnson’s biggest blunders.

If the SNP wins a majority next May it will push for a referendum polls predict would end the union.

David Cameron

Sturgeon ultimately triumphs and Johnson would be under enormous pressure to quit, just as David Cameron did over Brexit.

But Labour supporters celebrating his head on a Scottish independence pike would swiftly suffer hangovers when loss of Scottish seats reinforced the Tory regime in Westminster.

Gordon Brown saved Britain last time. Boris Johnson can’t next time. Who will? I’m open to suggestions.





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